Ed Sheeran is set to play a leading role in Richard Curtis’s new fictional film about the Beatles.
The new comedy film is tentatively entitled All You Need Is Love and it concerns a man who wakes up one day to find he is the only person who can remember the songs of The Beatles
The Mail on Sunday reports that Sheeran is to appear on screen and write new music for the film, which will also include Beatles classics.
Sheeran is known to be an enthusiastic and life-long Beatles fan. In 2014, the 27-year old musician was a guest on The Night That Changed America, a Grammys tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan show in 1964. On the night, he performed an acoustic version of the Beatles’ hit In My Life in front of an audience which included the two surviving members of the Fab Four, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. McCartney later sent Sheeran a guitar signed: ‘For Ed, who is brilliant.’
The musician is known to be friends with director Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and his partner Emma Freud. In 2016, the singer attended a 21st birthday party for the couple’s daughter Scarlett. He is believed to be a regular visitor to the Curtis home in Walberswick, Suffolk.
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What’s on? TV highlights for Tuesday Apr 24
There’s a new drama on BBC One called The Split, Rory O’Connell’s back with more cookery tips, while it’s the final of RTÉ One’s Home of the Year.
Pick of the day
The Split, 9.00pm, BBC One
Stephens Tompkinson and Mangan are among the cast of BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Abi Morgan’s original new drama: an exploration of modern marriage and the legacy of divorce seen through the lens of the Defoes, a family of female London divorce lawyers.
Leading divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker) has walked out on the family firm Defoe’s to join rival company Noble & Hale and now faces her sister Nina (Annabel Scholy) and mother Ruth (Deborah Findlay), also successful family lawyers, on the opposing side of high-profile divorce cases.
Sportswear mogul Davey McKenzie and his childhood sweetheart Goldie embark on a painful divorce and a wrangle for control of the family business. And in a bitter custody battle Rex Pope, a well-known stand-up comedian, takes on his angry estranged wife and former comedy agent.
New or Returning Shows
How to Cook Well with Rory O’Connell, 7.00pm, RTÉ One
Co-founder of the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork Rory O’Connell is back for a fourth season of culinary advice.
First up he prepares a Mussel and Wild Garlic Omelette starter, while a main course of Chermoula Meatballs with Roasted Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes and Green Olives is followed by Caramel Meringue with Green Gooseberries, Elderflower, Butterscotch Sauce and Almond Praline.
Flight HS13, 11.05pm, Channel 4
Walter Presents continues with this thriller from Holland about a woman’s search for the truth behind her husband’s mysterious disappearance and the secrets that threaten to destroy her family.
Happily married Simon and Liv seem to have everything they could possibly want from life.
That is until Simon leaves for a medical conference in Barcelona and Liv drops him off at the airport. Just a few hours later, her world collapses when she receives terrible news.
Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewer, 9.00pm, Channel 4
Under the streets of Britain’s cities there’s an epidemic of fatbergs in sewers. These monster blockages of congealed fat, wet wipes, and human waste, are a product of what’s been flushed down toilets and sinks.
But why are more and more of them appearing, and what exactly do they contain? Presenter and Rick Edwards joins a team of scientists and sewer workers to perform the first ever fatberg autopsy.
The Night Shift, 1.15am, RTÉ One
This ho-hum medical drama starring Dubliner Eoin Macken returns for its fourth and final season and a run of ten episodes.
In this season opener, Jordan and Drew perform a daring rescue by jumping from a chopper, Paul deals with the repercussions of standing up to his father, Shannon indoctrinates Cain, and Macken’s character TC must treat his captor in order to rescue Syd.
Rent for Sex: Ellie Undercover, 10.45pm, BBC One
Cases of rent for sex in the UK are on the increase, where landlords offer free rooms in exchange for sexual favours. Investigative journalist Ellie Flynn goes undercover to get a closer look.
Having seen the staggering amount of ‘Rent for Sex’ adverts that appear unchecked online, she heads out to discover how genuine these ads are.
Armed with undercover cameras, Flynn meets landlords who post these ads to find out what they really expect in exchange for rent.
Home of the Year, 8.30pm, RTÉ One
Having selected the seven finalists, the judges must now select the overall winner of this year’s competition.
The homeowners come together for the very first time at Palmerstown House in Kildare, where the judges will deliberate and ultimately crown the winner of Home of the Year.
Here and Now, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
In the season finale of Alan Ball’s painfully right-on drama, Ramon goes missing after a disturbing family incident.
Meanwhile, Audrey clashes with Steve during and after a morning talk show, and Ashley and Malcolm weigh the pros and cons of a corporate future.
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Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up, Netflix
Comedy star Kevin James – from US sitcoms such as King of Queens and Kevin Can Wait – dishes on fatherhood, fan interactions, ice cream and lots more as he returns to the stand-up stage after a long absence.
Cunk on Britain, 11.15pm, BBC Two
Diane Morgan has one of the greatest faces in British comedy and she never misses a mark as the clueless inquisitor Philomena Cunk.
In this penultimate episode of her unique journey through Britain’s past, Philomena and Mark Lawson examine the first half of the 20th century, with two world wars but no World Cup.
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Miriam Meets Mick Jagger: The Full Interview
On Sunday with Miriam, Miriam O’Callaghan talked to lead singer of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger in anticipation of their Croke Park concert on May 17th.
First this morning to Mick Jagger. He needs no introduction, but the lead singer of the Rolling Stones has a long relationship with Ireland, first coming here in 1965 to perform. There have been other concerts, such as Slane in 1982 and 2007. Nights that live on in the memories of those that were there. Then there’s this year at Croke Park. I spoke to him earlier on a phone line from London.
Hello, Mick Jagger?
Miriam, how are you?
Thanks for joining us.
Everyone is very excited here. May 17 you’re coming to Croke Park. You’re actually kicking off your No Filter European tour here in Dublin, aren’t you?
Yes, starting in the west and going to the east. No, it should be fun. It should be really fun. We haven’t played in Ireland for ages, so really looking forward to coming.
Actually you played Ireland I think first in about 1965?
You tell me, Miriam.
Yeah, it was.
Yes, we played in Dublin and we played in Belfast too, I think, on that little jaunt. We played at the Adelphi Theater I think, and two shows. It was good. I mean there was a great crowd, I think that’s quite crackers and mad but don’t really remember very much about it.
You had a huge show in Slane actually in 1982, that was really-
Yeah, well that was much later. What date are you saying that is?
Yes, yeah, that was the first time we played Slane, and then we played it again, I think in-
Yeah, that’s right.
They probably all blend a bit into one. You have been playing gigs-
Kind of do, but I remember the Slane shows really well, because it was such a beautiful setting and so such a great night. The last one I remember and such a beautiful evening. It rained and then it became really beautiful later on. Then I remember The Chieftains were playing there on one of those Slane shows. That was a very good night in Slane.
Actually, you have sung the Long Black Veil with the Chieftains on the album of the same name.
Yes, I did. Yeah, I did do that. I do it sometimes at parties on the piano.
It’s a beautiful song and it’s a beautiful version you do on that album.
Thank you, that’s very kind of you. (singing).
I remember that album very well. That was a really good album they did. That particular one I loved.
Did they just ask you to do it?
Yeah, I knew them. I knew them from … I met Paddy Moloney in Garech Browne’s house, I think. I saw him around Dublin subsequently, and they just asked me to do it.
Actually, it’s funny you mention him Mick, because not that long ago I went to Garech’s beautiful house in Luggala and interviewed him with Paddy Moloney, who is always in the house there. But of course Garech left this world not so long ago. You had great times in Luggala with Garech, didn’t you?
I had some really great times with him and then I always loved going to that house. I know it’s for sale now, which is everything is going to change, but everything does. But I had some great times with him and the Chieftains and walking the valley and everything. At the Slane show, the last Slane show we did, I met Garech by chance in a bar and I said, “Are you coming to Slane?” He said … He didn’t know anything about it, so I said, “Okay, well …” I got him all the passes and all the VIP entrance things. He drove there himself and then just before I was going on stage I got … I mean it was really just before. I got a message saying, “Do you know a Garech Browne? He’s been stopped at a police roadblock.” I said, “Yes.” He just about made the show in time.
That’s such a lovely story actually.
Also of course, Paddy Moloney who we mentioned, he played piped and whistle on a song Party Doll, on the solo album Primitive Cool.
Yes, yeah, he did, yes. I used to hang around with him a lot, so it was great to have him on doing some of these things. They used to pop in and out of the studio and so on. Yeah. It was a really nice time, very nice time.
I know you’re asked this question 300 million times a day, but you’re gigging now for maybe five decades, do you enjoy it as much? Do you enjoy it more? Do you enjoy it less?
It’s been difficult to make those kind of comparisons. I still really enjoy it, you know. Then I get a great night, get up there and have a great night and the audience is really giving you a lot of buzz. I think it’s just as enjoyable as playing … Obviously it was brand new when we played the Adelphi in, whenever you say it was, 1965 or something. We played like six numbers and then went off. It wasn’t that difficult really. Now it’s a bit more longer and a bit more taxing slightly. As you get older, it doesn’t get any easier playing two hours plus or whatever. But it’s still really, and I don’t think we’d do it if it wasn’t. I mean it’s really enjoyable. The last tour we did, the last European tours we did were really a lot of fun. We just keep going doing it.
A bit like U2, who I know you’re friendly with as well, you’ve kept together still as a band. How do you succeed in doing that after all this time?
Well, it’s not always easy being in a band but you sort of rub along and make the most of it. There’s pluses and minuses, you know. In the end when you go on stage and you’re doing the music together, I think it all gels and then everyone is really happy in being there and it all works perfectly. It’s better than anything else.
But when you perform, I suppose one of your biggest songs for most people would still be Satisfaction, obviously you wrote that with Keith. When you play that now and sing it, do you sing it differently as an older guy than you would have as the younger Mick Jagger?
Yeah, I’m sure i do you know. I mean I don’t really thing about it too much. I usually do it as the end of show, and it’s a part of audience participation. You know what I mean? It’s not … Obviously you don’t think about it in the same way as you did in 1965. In front of a big audience, it’s a slightly different thing. That applies to a lot of the songs. You still have to put … The hard thing is, if you’re doing songs you do a lot you got to remember and you got to put emotion behind them. You can’t just do them by rote. You got to really get into them, but you do. You sing them to people. You can see the people you’re singing them to, so you get the exchange of emotions. That’s what it’s about.
When you wrote that song, did you both realize how successful it would be? I’m always interested when I interview people who have huge hits that remain huge hits. When you wrote it, did you know it would be that big?
No, not when you wrote it. I mean when we did it, when we recorded it in the studio I thought it was really hot, but then you didn’t really know. You can’t really know. I mean you’ve got something really good but you can be sometimes right and wrong about that. It was very quickly a very big hit, so you know a couple of weeks down the road, but when you wrote it, no I don’t think you really realize when you write something. You think, “Oh, that’s hot.” But you always like what you write, because that’s the nature of the human mind. You got to love what you create, even if it’s like … You always love what you just done, and then you go back and you go, “Oh, that’s really not quite as good as I thought, but you know I’ve got something good.” You always like what you just write, so you never think, “Oh, this is just going to be …” I think it’s a bit … You can’t predict it.
Do you not look back though very kindly now on songs maybe you wrote in the ’60s and thought, “You know they weren’t bad. They weren’t half bad at all what we wrote.”?
No, I think lots of them were really good and some of them were rubbish, but I mean mostly they were really good. In that you were working a lot then, so it was all done in double-quick time as well. You didn’t have a lot of reflection time to think about it, so you just dashed them off and hoped for the best. Considering all those pressures that you had of being on the road touring and doing a lot of other stuff, then I think a lot of those songs are great.
Is it impossible? It’s like saying a favorite child, do you have a favorite song if you were forced to say at pain of death-
No, I don’t have a favorite. No, I really don’t.
I don’t. I mean I like a lot of them, but I don’t have a favorite.
Do you feel as creative today as you were a few decades ago?
I don’t think you do things as quickly as you do when you … When you’re like 21, you do things much more quickly than when you’re like whatever age I am. I wouldn’t want to think about it really. But I still do things. I mean I still … Yesterday I was doing … I’m doing some writing right now, so it’s kind of an apposite question. I can write things really quickly now. In a way I’m still happy. That makes me really happy that I can just sit down with a guitar and just write something that just comes out. You know in half an hour it’s done, more or less. I still do it the same way as I did before. I’m kind of pleased about that. I don’t really … I don’t have any problems. I mean a lot of people my age don’t really write at all, or they have really problems and they take a lot of time, but I don’t really have that.
In the early days, of course, do you ever think back on them when you played in a basement club opposite Ealing Broadway tube station, or even are first appearance in the Marquee in July ’62, did you think back then, “Oh, I think we’re going to make it.”? Or were you just like most young people, kind of insecure?
I was torn, because when we got the good audience, when we played in a full up club in the Marquee the audience went crazy. They always loved it, so you always knew. We just needed to get a bit more exposure. Every time we got to do a club that was full up, people would really go for it. Then we knew we had something pretty early on, so yeah, we were pretty confident.
You could have been a teacher of course, because your dad and your grandad were teachers.
I don’t think I’d have been a really good teacher. Following in my father’s footsteps. I didn’t really want to be a teacher. My grandfather was a teacher as well, and I didn’t really want to be a teacher. I don’t have the patience for it.
But you did go to the LSE for a while, didn’t you?
Yeah, but that doesn’t make you a teacher. I didn’t learn very much at LSE, to be honest. No, I’ve just been going through, with my son going to university and everything, so reliving my … How his process was compared to mine in choosing colleges and everything, it’s a lot more informed than mine.
When did you know you could sing? Was it in Dartford Grammar?
When I was about 12 or 13 I started singing and people seemed to like it, so.
I was talking to Bob Geldof actually about a week ago. Like you, he’s kind of done a lot of many other things with his life, but he still regards his main job as the lead singer and frontman with the Rats, but for you, would you consider that’s your main job? What you do, what your proud of most?
Yeah, that’s my main job. My main job is to be the cheerleader for this band and sing, you know, and get out there and entertain. That’s my main job. My other job is to write songs really, and then I’ve got lots of other things that I have to do. They’re the most things that I like doing, is being out there and gently cavorting. I also said it before, I love writing.
Do you have any rituals or routines? Before you play Croke Park here on May 17, for instance your voice which is still really good, do you do things to make sure that’s strong?
Yeah, ’cause everyone has a routine. Yeah, I have lots of routines.
For the show, you know, and the whole day of the show is a routine really. I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s like a programmed thing. There’s certain things that you have to do. You have to have food at some early time and go and check the stage and make sure it’s … Even though you rely on your crew, you want to see it all and check it not like … Bits of it aren’t falling down, stuff like that, you’re going to be safe on it. Then you do your physical warmup routine, a vocal warmup routine, and then you choose your outfits and stuff like that. It all goes according to plan that you feel comfortable to. I don’t have any superstitions or anything like that.
Do you do anything to mind your voice?
Yeah, I mean I warm up the voice for 45 minutes before the show, so hopefully it will make it through.
You’ve got a … When I was saying I was interviewing, I mean you still have loads of fans, but at your concerts who are your fans mainly when you look out at them?
I don’t know. I mean I see some people, I see that follow us around everywhere and they have flags and stuff, so I know them, but there’s a very mixed bunch. It’s a very mixed group of ages and types. There’s all [inaudible 00:16:17] types, you know. It depends where you go, obviously. Different kinds of age groups depending where we go. It’s very, very mixed and very broad I think.
Why do you think the band has stayed enduringly popular?
I’m probably, Miriam, the last person that really knows the answer of that question. I mean it is a bit mind-boggling if you think about it. It’s not something to be taken for granted I think. Why would you still after all this time when there’s so many musicians out there, and there’s so many great ones, and there’s so many people with great songs, why would you still be in any way in demand? It’s really a mystery but I’m very thankful for it. However the mystery unfolds, I’m very thankful that people still come along. It’s brilliant for me.
Do you think you’ve been lucky in your life?
Yeah, very lucky, super lucky. I’m very blessed by it. I’m very pleased. I’m looking forward very much to coming to Croke Park, the first gig and doing a really good one.
Everyone here is looking forward to you coming too. One last question, do you think your 20 year old self, what do you think he would think of Mick today?
He’d say, “I can’t believe you’re doing this, but good luck on you.”
For people going to your concert, what can they expect in the Croke Park gig?
I think they know what to expect. Well I hope it’s a really great show, and a really up show. I think they really get enthusiastic and I’m sure the Irish crowd will give us … Wish us the best of luck and be a really roaring crowd for us, and we’ll try and give it back to you.
Okay, well look Mick Jagger, thank you very much for speaking to me today.
We look forward to seeing you on the 17th of May in Croke Park.
Thank you Miriam.
Listen to the interview on Sunday with Miriam here.
Stork calling! Katherine Jenkins welcomes baby boy
Singer Katherine Jenkins has announced that she has given birth to her second child, a baby boy.
The Welsh mezzo-soprano and her husband Andrew Levitas are already parents to daughter Aaliyah, who they welcomed in September 2015.
The opera star revealed the happy news on Twitter, where she posted a picture of the newborn’s hand along with the caption: “Andrew, Aaliyah and I are proud to announce the arrival of our gorgeous son Xander Robert Selwyn Levitas.
“His middle names honour our late fathers who live on in our little ‘Defender of Men’ (Meaning of Xander). Our family, our home and are hearts could not be more full of love & we are incredibly grateful for the gift of being parents to these beautiful children. Cwtches [sic] to you all xxx”
Andrew, Aaliyah and I are proud to announce the arrival of our gorgeous son Xander R…. https://t.co/NTKUyJywtx pic.twitter.com/ap93VV1mUV
— Katherine Jenkins (@KathJenkins) April 24, 2018
Jenkins and filmmaker and artist Levitas tied the knot in 2014 at a ceremony at Hampton Court Palace near London and welcomed their daughter the following year.
Huge congratulations @KathJenkins! 👶🏼 https://t.co/h8TT17VbgB
— OK! Magazine (@OK_Magazine) April 24, 2018
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Tarantino tease new Manson movie
Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino surprised an audience of theatre owners with a personal appearance to promote their new film, despite the fact they haven’t shot a single frame of the movie.
The director and actor showed up at CinemaCon at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to hype Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which also stars Brad Pitt.
“It’s hard to speak about a film that we haven’t done yet,” DiCaprio said on stage.
DiCaprio and Tarantino arrive at CinemaCon at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas
Early plot details for the movie were revealed last November with a release date of August 9, 2019, the fiftieth anniversary of actress Sharon Tate’s murder at the hands of Charles Manson’s followers.
Pitt was not present at CinemaCon but DiCaprio said that the new film has “one of the most amazing screenplays [writer-director Tarantino] has ever written.”
“It takes place at the height of the counterculture explosion,” Tarantino said. “It takes place at the time of the hippie revolution, and it takes place at the height of new Hollywood.”
“The most exciting star dynamic duo since Robert Redford and Paul Newman.” says Tarantino
The “hush-hush” film will take place in Hollywood in 1969 at the “height of the counter-culture explosion,” Tarantino said.
“This is probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I’ve done,” he added. The director also said that Pitt and DiCaprio together will be “the most exciting star dynamic duo since Robert Redford and Paul Newman”.
Tarantino also took the opportunity to remind the theatre owners at the convention, that he too is a film exhibitor – he owns the historic New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.
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Coronation Street producer Kate Oates quits the soap
Coronation Street producer Kate Oates has confirmed that she’s leaving the ITV soap after two years, saying it has been “one of the best experiences” of her life.
The producer, who is moving to work with ITV production company Tall Story Pictures, will be replaced by current Emmerdale boss Iain MacLeod in June.
Oates said in an official statement: “Being a part of Coronation Street has quite simply been one of the best experiences of my life. I am proud of the stories we have told and the impact they have had – and I’ve had a ball working with one of the best and most talented teams in television.
“I’ll be forever grateful for this opportunity and all it has given me, but I’m also excited to try something new. I can’t wait to make a start on Bancroft, working with the brilliant Sarah Parish and Tall Story Pictures – and I’ll continue to love watching both ITV soaps from the comfort of my sofa.”
Memorable plots under Kate Oates’ tenure include David Platt’s male sexual assault storyline
Memorable Corrie plots under Oates’ tenure include David Platt’s male rape storyline, Bethany’s grooming plotline and Pat Phelan’s reign of terror in Weatherfield.
ITV Studios’ creative director for Coronation Street and Emmerdale John Whiston said: “Kate Oates has transformed Coronation Street during her tenure.
“This has been reflected both in the huge critical acclaim the show has been getting and in the ratings. We are now used to opening the overnights and seeing Coronation Street has delivered its highest ratings for many years, a Herculean achievement in this box set era.”
He added: “Kate has done this whilst putting on screen some groundbreaking and socially important stories such as the Bethany grooming story and David’s rape story.
“It is a testament to her brilliant editorial touch that these stories, though difficult, have been both credible and engaging. Meanwhile, Kate has unleashed on us one of the finest villains in soap history with Pat Phelan and his dastardly deeds.”
Oates recently defended Corrie’s dark storylines, saying: “We’re telling stories and some stories are challenging and that’s the way it’s always been.
“You could be rose-tinted in your views of Corrie history and other soap history. There’s always been challenging stories and we’re carrying on that tradition.”
Corrie’s = Pat Phelan storyline had viewers gripped
Meanwhile, producer Iain MacLeod said of taking over the reins at Corrie: “Working on Emmerdale at a time when it’s enjoyed such success has been a total joy and I will miss the people and the place immensely – it’s a special show full of huge talent.
“Only Corrie could have tempted me away. It gave me my first job in TV as an assistant researcher many years ago and to be returning as producer is the fulfilment of a long-standing dream.
“It’ll be like a reunion with an old friend and I look forward to continuing the amazing work already being done by everyone connected with the show.”
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